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The US government has released a major scientific report that says climate change is real, 'extremely likely' to be caused by human activity, and affecting the daily lives of Americans.
The findings of the federally mandated report are starkly at odds with the position of US President Donald Trump, who has labeled global warming a Chinese hoax and named fossil fuel ally Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
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The Climate Science Special Report spans more than 600 pages and is part of a larger report known as the Fourth National Climate Assessment.
Based on 'a large body of scientific, peer-reviewed research,' global annually averaged surface air temperature has increased by about 1.8 Fahrenheit (1.0 Celsius) over the last 115 years (1901-2016), it says.
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'This period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization,' said the report, available here.
It was compiled by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, with contributions from NASA, the Department of Energy and other federal agencies.
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Since the last report of its kind was issued in 2014, 'stronger evidence has emerged for continuing, rapid, human-caused warming of the global atmosphere and ocean,' it said.
'It is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century,' the report added, noting there...
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